The beautiful Babs.

Make-up lesson loyalty scheme...

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for e-mails!

I promise not to bombard you constantly with emails! (I am aiming probably once a month but it will probably more like two months!)

I have a list of all who have subscribed so far.  I am calling this my Loyalty scheme.

This means they can then apply for a £30 discount for a make-up lesson! (usually priced at £150, so the lesson in total will be £120.)  This is for a limited period of time only and I only have a limited number of lessons I can offer for this promotion, so when they are gone, they are gone!

You can still subscribe to be eligible, but this offer will end on the 21st of December 2018.  Should you have a problem subscribing, please just fill in an enquiry form via my website, (under Contact me) or email me - with all of the details below -

Name, telephone number, address, a brief description of what makeup lesson you are after, (e.g, day makeup) and roughly when you would like the lesson, (don't worry if you don't know at this stage.)  I will send you my bank details to pay via BACS.

Once I have checked you have subscribed, you can then go on to pay your £120, (please remember to use your name as reference.)  I will email you to confirm.

Please note, this cannot be used towards any other service such as special occasion makeup or Bridal/wedding makeup.

Once you have paid, then you will need to contact me to arrange your lesson, this needs to be booked in before the 21st of December 2018.  This means the lesson has to be done no later than the 29th of March 2019.

If someone you know has been harping on about a lesson with me, then this is the time to buy it! (especially with Christmas only 4 months away, can you believe that!?)  If you would like this as a present, then I can send out one of my make-up lesson vouchers so they have it in time for then.

I have provided hundreds of lessons for ladies over the years, of all ages and ethniticies, teenagers to ladies in their 90's. I love helping people to not only look their best, but feel their best.

A 1 hour bespoke make-up lesson with me at my studio includes the following -

The lesson begins with a chat about what exactly you require from the session and what kind of makeup look you are after.  I can then adapt the lesson to your requirements and needs.  Your photo is then taken, (usually with your own make-up on).  Tina then discusses skincare and will advise on the best skincare for you and your make-up.  Skin prep is so important!

I then go through each step, from foundation to lipstick.  It is a really fun session and you can ask as many questions as you like throughout the lesson.

At the end of the lesson, your photo will be taken again with your make-up applied by me. You will also be given a personalised face chart and product list so you can go online and order anything you like that I have recommended or used.

I will then email you your before and after photograph together with your make-up procedure so you can practise your make-up at home.  (*Please note, there is no pressure to have your photo on social media and I respect your wishes if you decide not.)

I look forward to hearing from you! I have my make-up brushes and kit all ready and raring to go! x

Tina Brocklebank Make-up artist, studio.

Tina Brocklebank Make-up artist, studio.





GLOSSIER review.

This brand has been intriguing me for quite some time. There's been a bit of a buzz about it and the thing that drew me to want to try it was that it promoted a "less is more" approach to beauty, which as you probably know, I love. I think the whole industry actually needs a brand like this to shake up the whole drag queen look thing that is dictating at the moment, (even though, for me, Bobbi Brown started this movement in the late 90's and sadly since Bobbi left, the brand has not adhered to that...but moving on!!...)

Apparently it all began in 2010 on which is a very successful beauty blog with a loyal and influential readership and editors with a sixth-sense for what is relevant and what works. It was one of America's most popular beauty brands and has now taken the U.K by storm.

The philosophy was created by a group of Beauty editors that have literally tried everything and know what works. They have developed "the best formulations with real-life usage in mind and put them in the chicest packaging that won't cost you half a pay check. Beauty should be fun, easy, imperfect and personal."

I was excited to receive lots of Glossier products to try and dived right on in there! (with the help of my 18 year old daughter of course, who has been lusting over the products online for quite some time!)

Let me start with the packaging - modern, very chic and yes, recyclable.

I think the brand is aimed towards the younger market, teens and so on, or the lady who has great skin already and therefore, doesn't need much make-up or indeed someone who doesn't like to be seen to have an obvious face of make-up, as the textures are very sheer.

I wanted to compare how the products performed on both ages, (me being 48 and my daughter being 18.) I wanted to shake up my own make-up and was open to maybe weaning myself off my beloved, trusty Bobbi Brown make-up.

OK, lets start with Alisha, (my daughter's), make-up and skincare. Alisha has been suffering with acne for the past 2/3 years and we have tried literally everything and I am pleased to report that at the moment all is well skin wise. She is on the right medication and skincare, (Paula's choice). Both seem to be suiting her skin brilliantly at the moment. Her skin looks beautiful, and she is obviously therefore, more confident and happy...(phew!its been a while getting there.)

This is her skincare routine -
Paula's choice Clear pore normalising cleanser,(twice a day.) Clear regular strength 2% BHA exfoliant, (twice a day). Clear moisturiser SPF 30, (used before make-up.)

Alisha is now at the stage where she doesn't have to wear much make-up, and frankly, she has never been one of those girls who likes doing that, (I don't really understand why young girls feel they need to anyway, when they are young and if they have beautiful, young skin...why mask that?) Alisha did not want to upset her skin and is very particular about what she puts on her skin so decided not to try the Glossier concealer or skin tint. She has a very pale skin and is the lightest shade foundation from Bobbi Brown in Alabaster, which is what she used on this occasion with her usual NARS concealer in Chantilly. She only uses a tiny amount of each to even out her skin and cover any scarring.

I was honoured to be able to do the rest of her make-up for her! using the Glossier products, (she likes to do her own make-up usually and is a tough cookie to please!) I wanted to create an easy, natural, pretty, chic make-up look for her, just using purely my fingers. I started with her brows. Beautiful, natural and feathery already, (sob, sob!) I used Brown Boy brow. It comes with a great little brush applicator, perfect for getting those tiny little hairs and for styling brows. (There are 4 shades in total.) I sometimes mix the shades to create more definition and depth, if needed, (not on this occasion though.)

Eyes next and I was dying to use the Cloud paints! I chose the shade Beam. Now these are usually used for the cheeks but I used it on the eyes, cheeks and lips! I got great results. I just used my ring finger to apply all over the lid, above the crease and smudged away, very easy to work with and effortless. (I also applied a tad of the shade Dusk, just at the top edge of this and slightly in the crease of the lid, just for the hell of it.)

Next I used the Boy brow as a mascara - we had one in Black so I applied on the top and bottom lashes. Obviously it is formulated to give a little bit of oomph to brows, so not amazing thickness given on the lashes, but that was fine for the look we wanted.

I then used the Cloud paint on the apples of the cheeks in Dusk, (a to die for colour and worked with her skin tone beautifully.) The gel-cream texture just melted seamlessly into her skin. I used my ring finger again and blended out towards the hair line. Very easy to work with and a dream to use.

Next, I used the Haloscope highlighter straight from the bullet onto her skin, and blended with my finger. I used this high on the top of the cheekbones, under the arch of her brow and inner corner of eyes, down the bridge of the nose, above the cupids bow and a dot on her forehead. It created a natural, dewy highlight.

I then applied Cloud paint in Dusk on her lips and used a tiny amount of the Birthday balm to moisturise a bit and add sheen, (this actually smells like birthday cake, really gorgeous.) It also has little particles of shimmer in it too.

We were very impressed with the ease of application and effect given. We were a bit giddy to be honest...sad aren't we!

I then went onto to my make-up, which I knew from the off, (after doing Alisha's), that the products were not going to work hard enough for me. Obviously with me being that bit older and used to a bit more make-up. I need more definition and coverage...fact!

I used the following - Priming rich moisturiser. I have quite dry skin and love that dewy look, rather than matte. (However, I did apply my Bobbi Brown moisture balm SPF 25 on top as the Glossier moisturiser has no SPF, then used my Bobbi Brown Extra repair eye cream under my eyes.) There is a Glossier SPF available to buy, called Invisible shield, so you would apply this after moisturiser and before make-up, (I would loved to have tried this.) I have read reviews that suggest the ingredients do not cover full sun protection, but would love to know more...

I then used the Perfecting skin tint in Medium. It reminded me of MAC Face and body, but a much smaller bottle. However, it wasn't as pigmented but beautiful consistency. I needed more coverage than what it was offering. I also used the Stretch concealers in Medium on my skin and under my eyes, the shade light. Personally, because I like a bit more coverage under my eyes and on my skin, I was not a fan of these concealers and they did not last very well, I had to touch up with my usual concealers. I think they would be great for someone with younger skin though. (I did try a bit on Alisha in the shade light and it did last well and was a great shade for her.) I don't use powder on my face as I prefer that dewy look.

I then applied the Boy Brow in Brown. My brows are a bit more sparse, so I still had to fill in with my Anastasia Dip brow pomade.
I then used the shade Beam in Cloud paint on my eyes and blended. I like my definition along the top lash line so used my regular gel liner in Black for that together with my usual mascara.

Cheeks next - I used the Glossier Cloud paint in Haze which gives a beautiful, natural flush to the cheek, as without that flush, I look, well, dead to be frank! I then used the Haloscope highlighter in Topaz, (which is a bit warmer than the other 2.) I then used the Cloud paint in Dusk on my lips and finished with the Glossier Rose balm, which smells gorgeous.

Tina using GLOSSIER

Tina using GLOSSIER

All in all, we both loved the Glossier products, and I am definitely going to be adding some of the products to my kit. Great for clients who like that effortless, pared down, minimal look. Excellent value for money and very cool products. It's a yes from me, (but give me more coverage and longevity), and a YES from Alisha!

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Make-up lessons galore and a Happy new year to you all!xxx

I have been inundated recently with requests for make-up lessons.  From Mothers who are at their wits ends from their daughters contouring habits, Husbands who have been constantly asked for a make-up lesson with me and also from ladies requiring help with applying their own make-up - we are never taught at school are we!! I believe this should be part of the curriculum!  Make-up is such a powerful tool.

Christmas has been a very busy period for me and I have loved helping all of my lovely clients.  I have also had the pleasure to work with some amazing, professionals recently and this past year.  This has been my busiest year to date.  2016 is nearly booked up and 2017 is looking very busy too.  I really am so grateful and love working with you all.  Thank you all so much for all of your lovely e-mails, comments and for following me on Facebook, etc.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy, healthy new year.

Never underestimate the power of make-up, not only is it good for you in your appearance, but it goes hand in hand with your well-being and confidence.  A slick of lipstick and you can feel better instantly!  Happy new year!xxx


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